FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – A person familiar with the situation said that New York Jets running back Mike Goodson is expected to return to practice Tuesday despite his legal troubles.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the team hasn’t announced anything regarding Goodson’s status. He missed the Jets’ first three organized team activity practices this week after being arrested last Friday on multiple charges of drug and weapons possession. He offered a plea of not guilty to all charges Wednesday in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown, N.J.
The Jets’ next team activity will be Tuesday. It will be the fourth of 10 voluntary practices this spring.
BENGALS: Cincinnati signed running back Giovani Bernard of North Carolina, leaving only one of their 10 draft picks without a deal.
Bernard was the second of their two picks in the second round. He’ll get a chance to win a spot as a change-of-pace back, complementing BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
SEAHAWKS: Seattle lost backup tight end Anthony McCoy for possibly the entire 2013 season after he sustained a torn Achilles during an organized team activity earlier this week.
The Seahawks confirmed McCoy’s injury on Friday, which was first reported by USA Today. McCoy has already undergone surgery to repair the injury and recovery time is typically 6 to 9 months.
BEARS: Hall of Famer Mike Ditka will have his No. 89 retired by the team next season.
The Bears said the number will be retired at halftime of their Monday night game against the Dallas Cowboys at Soldier Field on Dec. 9.
BROWNS: Cleveland signed rookie offensive lineman Garrett Gilkey to a four-year contract.
Gilkey was selected in the seventh round (No. 227 overall) by the Browns in April’s NFL draft. The 6-foot-6, 320-pound Gilkey started 34 games at left tackle for Division II Chadron State.
The Browns, however, have had him lined up at guard during their organized team activity practices.
Gilkey was one of just three Division II players invited to the 2013 Senior Bowl.
COWBOYS: Defensive tackle Josh Brent will remain free while he is awaiting trial for intoxication manslaughter, as a judge denied a request by prosecutors to revoke his bond due to problems with alcohol monitoring.
Brent is charged in the fatal car crash Dec. 8 that killed Jerry Brown, a Cowboys practice squad player, college teammate and friend.
Police have accused Brent of driving with a blood-alcohol content more than twice the legal limit.